On the upcoming third release from Los Angeles’ Big Air, Rob Dobson & company combine elements of garage, psych, and surf with slacker guitar rock tendencies and a 90s indie rock sensibility. Juxtapose all that with an astute, acerbic, lysergic lyricism that leans equally on science fiction and social friction, and you’ve got Inner Facing, Outer Spacing.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles between October 2016 and March 2017, and represents a significant sonic step forward from 2015’s Don’t Care. IFOS prominently features band members Aaron Olson (bass) and Tyler Torrison (drums), as well as Forged Artifacts labelmate Ryan Pollie (Los Angeles Police Department), and tracks recorded with Matthew Schmalfeld (Audacity) and Tyler Karmen, who also contributed guitar on several songs. It was mixed by Brian Rosemeyer at MANT and mastered by Patrick Haight at Spot-On-Sound.
Initially a Virginia-based garage punk duo, Big Air has evolved over the years into a potent power trio with a deep bag of tricks. The 2014 debut EP, Buds, was hailed by Pitchfork as “an infectious pop punk record,” while the psychedelic tape experimentations of Don’t Care were lauded by Stereogum as “the kind of high-energy garage rock that makes them easy to like and hard not to listen to on repeat.”